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Long-term Flood Mitigation Project in Austin Moves Forward

Posted at: 09/18/2013 6:18 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The city of Austin is no stranger to flooding. That's why a long-term mitigation project has been in the works for several years.

Austin City Council awarded a bid of nearly $5.4 million Wednesday for phases four, five, six and seven of the project.

The work will be concentrated on the area from the old Austin Packaging Building past Pizza Hut, to the curve on North Main Street. It involves construction of a flood wall, berm and storm sewers.

Reiner Contracting of Hutchinson submitted the winning bid on the project.

On Thursday, the city council is expected to award a bid for phase 3 of the flood control project. It involves construction of a flood wall with removable panels near the Mill Pond, and raising the elevation of North Main Street.

That phase of the project could carry a price tag of around $7 million.

Stay with ABC 6 News as we continue to follow this developing story.